Story+ | Coal & America: Stories from the Central Appalachian Coalfields

Story+ | Coal & America: Stories from the Central Appalachian Coalfields

This Story+ team collected oral histories about the last half-century of coal mining, from the people who lived it. After a two-week orientation in Durham, where team members were briefed on coal’s history and trained in oral history methods, the team spent two weeks conducting field interviews in Central Appalachia. By the end of the project, which concluded with a two-week processing period, the team had produced a public history website detailing the recent history of the coal industry in Appalachia from the perspective of miners and their families. Check out their work here: https://bit.ly/2N98bYi.

Story+ is a 6-week summer research experience for Duke undergraduates interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more). The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences. In Story+, students are organized into small project teams and have the opportunity to participate in a flexible mini “curriculum” on research methods and storytelling strategies. Team projects may be led by Duke faculty, Duke librarians, or non-profit organizations, and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by graduate student mentors.